Standing from left to right: Emmanuel Okwi, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Waaswa, and Denis Onyango. Front row : Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Isinde, Derrick Nsibambi, Godfrey Walusimbi, and Farouk Miya. (Photo credit: FUFA media)
By: Danito Nsubuga
Moses Basena became the first Ugandan Coach to beat the pharaohs of Egypt in a competitive match of football.
The Cranes beat Egypt thanks to Emmanuel’s Okwi’s delightful finish in the 51st minute which also sent Uganda to the summit of group E in the qualifiers to the World Cup 2018. Swift sports caught all the action as it unfolded and below is our judgement of how the players rated.
1. Denis Onyango
Uganda’s biggest star had a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes. He was well protected by his defense but he showed his true qualities when called upon in the 62nd minute with a point blank save to clear off Mohammed Salah’s close range header. Onyango also tipped over Saleh Saleh’s clever lobbed ball over the bar to ensure Uganda are among the few nation’s yet to concede in this qualifying campaign 7.0
2. Nico Wakiro Wadada
The Vipers’ full back has made the position his own. A bit shaky in the opening minutes but he later grew into the game. He always kept Trezeguet in check which forced Cuper to substitute him in the 46th minute. Wadada’s trademark forward surges were limited yesterday. He did OK…. 6.5
Emmanuel Okwi Shields the ball from Egypt’s Abouzeid Mohamed . He is our star man
3. Godfrey Walusimbi
Another tight contender for man of the match. Walusimbi is one reason Mohammed Salah failed to have any impact on the game, he was always up to the task and he managed to also commit some effort on the offensive. 7.5
4. Isaac Isinde
Returned to the starting 11 for the 1st time since his nightmarish display in AFCON 2016 against Ghana. He looked sharper and combined well with Juuko to thwart any danger caused by the Egyptians. Booked 6.0
5. Murushid Juuko
A very fine and assured display from Uganda’s center back. He made a superb clearance in the 42nd minute when Bekhit Abdallah crossed a superb low cross in the area. It was Juuko who headed the ball into Okwi’s path to score Uganda’s solitary winner. Rock solid 7.0
6. Hassan Wasswa.
He had some ridiculous touches in the 1st half but his confidence grew in stature. Wasswa martialed Uganda’s midfield well to deny passes from reaching the Egyptian forwards. 6.5
7. Khalid Aucho
He produced a very decent display and he was influential in the heat of midfield. Aucho was always willing to go into the tackle and he registered Uganda’s 1st shot on target in the 26th minute. 6.5
8. Emmanuel Okwi
Delightfully controlled the ball in area, cut inside on to the left to evade the oncoming Hegaz and he unleashed a fine sweet low shot amidst a sea of white shirts to send the crowds mad. What a way to mark his 43rd cap in the national colours. Okwi tormented the Egyptian defence all day and Mohamed Abdel in particular. He registered more shots on target than any other Ugandan forward. He was our undisputed man of the match **8.5**
9. Farouk Miya
Uganda’s usual go to man had a bright start to the game but the challenge he went into against Rabia Ramy down the left flank seemed to have gotten the better of him. He was to later be withdrawn for Luwagga Kizito. 6.0
10. Derrick Nsibambi
The young KCCA forward is fast becoming Uganda’s permanent number 9. His mobility and willingness to chase every ball thrown in his line makes him exceptional, his clever movements on and off the ball makes it easy for his partners to find openings. He was unlucky when El Hadary tipped over his close range header in the 37th minute and he almost won Uganda a penalty in the area after being tripped down by Abouzeid Mohamed . 6.5
11. Joseph Ochaya
He seems to have perfected his role better. Preferred to start on the left side of midfield by Basena, Ochaya had a perfect combination with Walusimbi, he crossed more balls in Egypt’s area than anyone else. He also drifted back to provide some cover to the defense. 6.5
He replaced Farouk Miya and he managed to help the cranes gain more possession . 5.0
He replaced Emmanuel Okwi in the 89th minute but it was too late for him to make an impact.
He must be on cloud nine now, he will go down in history as the 1st Ugandan coach to beat Egypt in a competitive game. He was so brave in his starting 11 selection and he outlined a perfect game plan to frustrate the Egyptians.
He should have been however more shrewed and stand by his decision when Captain Denis Onyango seemed to be opposing to his decision to introduce Milton Karisa in the 80th minute.
The Referees: (5.0)
Center: Lemghaifry Bouchaab (Mauritania)
Assistants 1 : Aboubakar Doumbouya (Guinea)
Assistant 2. Abderahmane Warr. (Mauritania)